“WITH (OUR) TANKS, AND (OUR) BOMBS, AND (OUR) GUNS …”
According to the research outfit’s latest data, 41 percent of Americans now support the federal government (a.k.a. the United States) arming Ukraine in its fight against separatist rebels. A majority of Americans – fifty-three percent- still oppose intervention, but a year ago the spread against arming Ukrainian troops stood at a whopping 62-30 percent.
So things are moving in the wrong direction … or the right direction, if your objective is (as America’s seems to be) provoking a new Cold War with Russia.
As Ron Paul noted in his column this week, America is responsible for overthrowing the constitutionally elected government of Ukraine. Wait – doesn’t that contradict the whole “making the world safe for democracy” thing? Yes … but we’re ‘Murica. And we can, um, afford it. Or something.
We’re also responsible for needlessly escalating tensions with Russian president Vladimir Putin – who is now viewed unfavorably by 70 percent of Americans.
Great … here we go again.
“Policing the world (or attempting to) is one of the reasons current and future generations of American taxpayers are staring down a $17 trillion debt,” we wrote early on in this drama. “We cannot afford to get involved – but even if we could, there is simply no compelling national interest to justify such involvement.”
We feel the same now … even if the rest of the country seems to be moving in the direction of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham‘s “invade everybody” territory.
Anyway, Pew’s research was conducted among 1,504 American adults between February 18-22. Its margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
Russia’s citizens? Here’s what they think …